It is difficult to put into words the impact Sandy Vong has had on everyone around him. Anyone who comes in contact with him will say he's one of the kindest, caring and most humble men they've ever met. He is equally revered as being one of the top volleyball minds and instrumental in fostering a strong relationship between American and Chinese volleyball teams.
As the first ever coach of the University of Michigan volleyball team in 1973, Vong coached while maintaining his full-time position as an engineer for the Ford Motor Company. His technical prowess is second-to-none, engineering multiple volleyball products including the portable electronic scoreboard called the eSCORE. He ended up coaching the Wolverines for 11 seasons garnering 177 wins, and laying the foundation for the sport at the school.
Vong has been instrumental in fostering the relationship between United States and Chinese volleyball teams, organizing over twenty trips to China since 1979. He facilitated the USA Men's National Team's trip to China for their tour and competition. He later joined the women's side as a technical consultant from 1987-1996 spanning three Olympic Games. He also traveled with the USA Women's National Team on seven different trips to China, helping get the Chinese National Team to the United States on six different occasions. As the years progressed, Vong has taken numerous schools to China and was crucial in bringing the Jiangsu Volleyball Team from China to play Pac-12 schools in the 2012 AVCA College Volleyball Showcase.
In addition to his engineering and international travels, Vong is currently on the AVCA Board of Directors where he has served since 2006.
"Sandy is a true man of character," said current University of Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen. "In my experiences with Sandy, he has always put the team ahead of himself and the sport ahead of everything. His guidance and vision for the AVCA has been impressive. He is an innovative thinker who is always looking for ways to improve our sport through technology and training methods. His inventive mind is always active and engaged on how we can make our game better and help our athletes improve."